California State Law Rentals Requirements for Quality

UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW (Civil Code 1941.1)

  • Roofs and walls must not leak;
  • Doors and windows must not be broken;
  • Plumbing and gas must work properly;
  • Hot and Cold water must be provided;
  • Heater must work and be safe;
  • Lights and wiring must work and be safe;
  • Enough cans or bins for trash;
  • Floors, stairways and railings must be maintained and safe;
  • The rental unit must be clean, with no trash, rodents, or other pests;
  • Sewer or septic system must be connected and working properly.


  • A working toilet, wash basin, and bathtub or shower;
  • The toilet and bathtub or shower must be in a room which is ventilated and allows for privacy;
  • A kitchen with a sink, which cannot be made of an absorbent material such as wood;
  • Natural lighting in every room through windows or skylights; windows in each room able to open at least halfway for ventilation, unless a fan provides mechanical ventilation; and
  • Safe fire or emergency exits leading to a street or hallway; stairs, hallways and exits kept litter free; and storage areas, garages and basements kept free of combustible materials.
  • In addition, all windows and doors must have secure locks and necessary bolts to secure the premises and the safety of the resident. Smoke detectors are also required by state law.